The West Virginia Supreme Court impeachment now moves to the state Senate since the house has voted to impeach the remaining Justices, there will be a Senate trial scheduled.
The Senate president estimates those trials could begin in mid-September. A lot of the focus will be on the multi-million dollar spending by the justices for massive renovations, decorations, and furnishings in court offices.
Right now, the supreme court has complete control over its own budget with no oversight.
“I think it is a serious disregard of taxpayer money. And it shows an arrogance to the taxpayers that a lot of us are just finding unconscionable,” said Delegate Charlotte Lane, (R) Kanawha.
Delegate Mike Caputo, (D) Marion, said, “Well trying to throw out the entire Supreme Court, I’ve got some big concerns about that. I’m not comfortable with impeaching a group of people that were elected.”
It will take 23 senators to remove any justice from office.
Right now Republicans hold a 22 to 12 majority in the Senate, so they’d need help from Democrats if any justices are to be voted out.